The construction of the Nagpur branch of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has finally begun in its sprawling land in MIHAN.
AIIMS will begin functioning in the city with 300 beds from the academic year 2019-20. A detailed schedule has been prepared by Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY).
The construction of the medical college building is supposed to be over by May 2019. The out-patient department (OPD) will be ready by August 2018 and 300 beds in-patient department (IPD) by the end of August 2019.
Construction was supposed to begin in August this year, but the delay in getting the sanction delayed the work by about 45 days. Talking about this delay, an HSCC executive said, "Recently, Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) has sanctioned the building plan; after which the construction work could begin a few days ago."
The setting up of AIIMS in the city was approved by the union cabinet at the cost of Rs 1577 crores in 2015. Following the approval, the foundation stone of the building was laid in 2016. The work for comprehensive planning and designing of AIIMS was given to MS Perkins Eastman through a global tender during February 2017. Dr. Mahesh Mishra, retd AIIMS Delhi Director was appointed the officer on special duty (OSD) for the project in March this year. On April 6, 2017, a Central team headed by Dr. Mishra visited the site.
While the construction if the main building began recently, the HSSC has already finished the construction of the boundary wall. The entire construction is supposed to be completed by 2020.
The IPD, OPD, diagnostics, residential facility for staff and doctors and hostel for students will be ready to be used by August 2019. In December of the same year--the 300 beds IPD will expand to 600 beds and a trauma center will be added.
Another major task apart from the construction of the AIIMS premises is to start AIIMS from temporary premises in from Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) campus.
As per PMSSY schedule, AIIMS should begin functioning from temporary premises in July 2018.
Information source: timesofindia
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